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Missouri House set to discuss voter photo ID measures

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Missouri House set to discuss voter photo ID measures

Republicans say they hope to vote on the measures next week

Missouri House set to discuss voter photo ID measures

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Two measures requiring a photo ID to vote are heading to the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives.

A House committee on Thursday approved a bill and a proposed constitutional amendment tightening the requirements to vote, two days after another committee endorsed them. Republicans on both committees prevailed on straight party-line votes.

The constitutional amendment would require voter approval. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that requiring a photo ID to vote was unconstitutional.

Photo ID requirements wouldn’t go into effect unless the state sets aside money to pay for the documents required for an ID, such as a person’s birth certificate. That could cost as much as $17 million over the next three fiscal years.

Republicans say they hope to vote on the measures next week.

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